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Shaun Kuo

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Shaun Kuo is a junior editor at The Urbanist and a recent graduate from the UW's Jackson School. He is a Seattle native that has lived in Wallingford, Northgate, and Lake Forest Park. He enjoys exploring the city by bus and foot.
A very busy Capitol Hill Station with arrived trains.
The executive board of the Puget Sound Region Council (PSRC) received an update on the 2022 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) from agency planner Kelly McGourty last month. The plan will build from the Vision 2050, the October 2020 passage of which was covered by The Urbanist. In his article,...
A view of development along SR-7 in Pierce County. (Google Maps)
In October, the Pierce County Council adopted updates to the community plans of Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland, and South Hill that should encourage denser development near the planned Pacific Avenue bus rapid transit (BRT) line. These communities were outlined in a 2016 "Urban Communities of Pierce" report that called for...
In Seattle's latest update to its energy code, bans were levied on fossil fuel and electric resistance heating systems in commercial buildings and three-plus-story multifamily residences. One exception to that ban was for district heating systems that can and do burn carbon fuels in Seattle. District heating is a...
Aerial of the SR-99 corridor in Edmonds which is a strip of density in a sea of mostly single family homes.
The City of Edmonds introduced Stage Two of their Highway 99 Gateway and Revitalization project on Tuesday, which will begin construction improvements described in the Stage One planning project. This sequence began with the State Route 99 (SR-99) Subarea Plan, passed by the Edmonds City Council and covered by...
A green and yellow Route 40 with Fremont displayed on its screen with downtown towers in background.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan presented a spending plan on Monday for the funds collected and held in reserve during I-976 litigation. The Mayor's proposal would allocate $12.7 million to restore Covid-impacted projects paused last spring, $5 million to King County Metro for essential service, and $6 million set aside...
A women charges an electric sedan.
All new cars sold in Washington in 2030 or thereafter would be electric if House Bill 1204 or senate companion bill Senate Bill 5256 becomes law. Representative Nicole Macri (D-Seattle) first brought the Clean Cars 2030 bill to hearing in 2020. Her bill returns this year, with its first...
Seattle is looking to significantly cut the environmental impact of its new commercial and residential buildings with the adoption of the 2018 Seattle Energy Code, which is being kicked around the Seattle City Council in new legislation. This legislation would realize a code consisting of the 2018 International Energy...
A family on bikes crosses a 130th Street crosswalk.
In NE 130th St & 148th Stations Multimodal Access Study, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) examines the tough conditions for people walking, rolling, and biking in North Seattle. SDOT worked with the local community to identify and understand existing accessibility and mobility challenges to the futures stations, and...